This climb is THE classic North Cascades trip, I will never forget how it felt sitting back on Luna Col looking at Fury after the climb.
Did on a full pickets traverse. Camped on the east peak and did the full traverse to the west peak. Amazing mountain! We got the 18th ascent of the west peak.
Tagged East Fury from the Ross Dam trailhead via Big Beaver and Access Creek in 11h35 up and 20h45 car-to-car. This is a soul-crushingly miserable approach, and it's a long traverse from Luna Col to the summit, but it's still likely faster than coming in somehow from Hannegan Pass. (West Fury through Crooked Thumb might be better reached from there, however.) Trip report.
Just our luck, there was perfect weather before and after summit day. One of the hikers in the group wasn't comfortable doing some of the climbing after the Luna col once the rain came so we turned back and did the Luna summit instead. Can't wait to go back for another attempt at the summit.
Camp at Luna Col and traverse long way to Fury. Part of a 6 day Pickets Trip.
Summited on third day from Ross Lake, Access Creek, Luna Col. Perfect weather. Weather during third night deteriorated to rain and wind, but managed to continue day four to Challenger. Second signed entry in Log for Nick and myself this year. LONG ridge to get there, but very rewarding climb. I think I'll pat myself on the back...
We experanced the wraith of mount fury while attempting the north west face. We started at lousie lake and did maybe 1/4 of the face but we were dodging rock fall, ice fall and small rock avalanches the whole time better judgement ended up turning us around. I don't think this route is a good late season climb.
Approached over Whatcom Peak and around Luna cirque. An interesting route that presents multiple challenges. Definitely a worthy endeavor.
"It is a sublime experience to have been where no one else has been or will ever go." That is the feeling you get standing on a mountain that is remote, tucked away behind the Pickets, in the shadow of true wilderness. Obviously other climbers have made and will continue to make this trip but while we were there it was a taste of true solitude. You could see not one light of a city on the horizon or even one road, you could not even see a trail because there is none up this mountain, not even on the distant valley floor. And to think that we almost turned back several times in doubt of the route, the weather and perhaps a little of ourselves...